On Second Thought…Justice Department Revises Rules on Prisoner Treatment
The Justice Department is rewriting its legal advice on how far U.S. interrogators can go to pry information from detainees, working under much different circumstances from the writers of earlier memos that appeared to justify torture.
The first memos were written not long after the Sept. 11 attacks, while the new advice is being crafted against the backdrop of prisoner abuse in Iraq.
House Panel Bars Future Justice Department Advice on Prisoner Treatment
A House committee Wednesday voted to bar the Justice Department from issuing legal justifications for torture as Congress continued to react to government memos that seemed to permit the practice.
The Senate, however, defeated 50-46 a measure that would have declared all U.S. officials bound by anti-torture laws and required Pentagon reports on interrogation techniques, the number of detainees denied POW status, Red Cross findings on U.S. military prisons and a schedule for trying terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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